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September 2019



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We're just back from a holiday trip to Norway. I took a pic when I was exchanging the change - Danish, Swedish and Norwegian Crowns...

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What a beautiful picture on the Norwegian 500 Kroner note. The 20 kroner one behind looks as if it might feature Professor McGonagall or a family member!

Who uses the coins with the holes in them?
:D I think Selma Lagerlöf, who is on the Swedisch 20 kroner note, would certainly be delighted to be linked to Professor McGonagall! Or perhaps they even are, who knows? ;o)
The Danish have 1, 2 and 5 kroner pieces with a hole in it, as do the Norwegians (although they don't have a 2 krone piece afaik). You don't need the small coins a lot; 1 Norwegian krone is 0,07 GBP - I have no idea how much shillings this is, sorry.
(I didn't realise until now that the currency is spelled differntly; all Swedes and Norwegians I met pronounce it "crown" when we talked in English, which led me to believe it was "crowns". )

Edited at 2015-07-26 08:09 pm (UTC)
How interesting to see the holes in the coins. I wonder what the idea behind that was?
This is a good question. When I was small, my answer would have been "so you can carry your pocket money around your neck, of course!" ;o) I spent most of my childhood summer holidays in Denmark, and we always got a little pocket money, and literally carried it around our necks, on strings so we wouldn't lose it since we were running around in bathing slips only.

Edit: Just found some info on Wikipedia; originally, coins with holes in them were thus created to save material. Some countries, like Denmark, keep this as a distinguishing feature.

Edited at 2015-07-26 08:08 pm (UTC)
I love seeing the different currencies, and collectively they make such a pretty, colourful picture!
Thanks! :D
Good response to the prompt. I'd forgotten so many Scandinavian coins had holes in them.
And I just googled to find out who the women were - two winners of the Nobel Prize for Literature. I really like that.
Thanks! :) It wasn't planned that way, I didn't even arrange anything, just tipped over the large "reserve" purse, counted the notes, and took a pic because it looked nice.